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Delhi police slap sections of IT Act against Kanda

August 21, 2012 17:51 IST

Fresh trouble brewed for former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, arrested in the suicide case of his former employee, on Tuesday with the Delhi police slapping sections of Information Technology Act against him for allegedly sending false electronic message leading to harassment of the deceased.

Dharmendra Kumar, special commissioner of police (Law and Order), said police have invoked Section 66(A), sending information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character or false or to deceive or to mislead, against Kanda.

"We have invoked this section as the accused through electronic message, forged details and send it," Kumar told reporters without elaborating.

Geetika had allegedly committed suicide on August 5 in her Ashok Vihar residence and in her suicide note had pointed fingers at Kanda, her former employer at now-defunct MDLR airline and Aruna Chaddha. The deceased and her family alleged that Kanda was  pressurising Geetika to rejoin his firm after she left the job.

The family had also alleged that Kanda had sent an email to Emirates Airline where Geetika was working after leaving MDLR airline claiming that she was involved in a cheating case. It was also alleged that a forged look out notice in the name of Geetika was also emailed to Emirates.

Kanda and Chaddha had earlier denied allegations. After raiding the premises of Kanda, Kumar said, investigators had seized hard disks and relevant documents.

Asked whether police would go for brainmapping as Kanda was not opening up, Kumar said they have collected a lot of evidence against Kanda

On whether the delay in Kanda's arrest led to destruction of evidences, Kumar said that was not the case.

"If we had arrested him on day one, he would have got bail on the ground of lack of evidence. Then you (media) would have hounded us. We collected evidences and arrested him," he said.

Kanda had on Saturday morning surrendered before police after evading arrest for 10 days. Sharma, a former employee of his now defunct MDLR airline, accused him and another senior colleague Aruna Chaddha of harassing her.

Police sources said Kanda has been evasive during questioning and denied any involvement with 23-year-old Sharma. Investigators had on Monday seized computers from the Gurgaon office of Kanda.

The police team seized computers and documents from Gurgaon office of Kanda, who was sent to seven-day police custody by a local court on Saturday. The team stayed there for three hours and later took Kanda to his Civil Lines residence for further probe in the matter.

The sources had said they were looking for hard disks of some computers which may help in further investigations.

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